Schools offered ideas to get pupils gardening this autumn term

Schools are being offered ideas, tips and support to get pupils out of the classroom and working in school gardens this term.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) says that gardening can deliver health, wellbeing and environmental benefits while also supporting Covid safety measures by getting pupils outside.

The RHS has a range of guidance for schools, no matter what size your plot. It’s Campaign for School Gardening says that autumn is an ideal time to get gardening with recommended activities including:

Four in five schools surveyed as part of RHS research said that gardening had improved the mental and physical wellbeing of pupils while nine in 10 said it had helped young people develop a wide range of skills.

Andrea Van Sittart, head of outreach development at the RHS, said: “Many of the schools, groups and families that we work with are eking out every last inch of space to get children learning and playing outdoors. From fruit-bearing baskets on balconies ripe for the picking to make-shift mud kitchens using old pots and pans, gardening provides so many opportunities to teach, calm and inspire.”

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